HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Two joggers were chased by a bear in Granby within minutes of each other early Monday afternoon.
Both joggers were chased in the woods near the McLean Game Refuge. DEEP officials say the bear was an “unusually aggressive black bear” involved in both incidents within an hour.
Two joggers, male and female, were running within minutes of each other just before 1 p.m. when they were chased by the bear. The woman was not injured but the man had a scrape across his chest. Officials said the cuts could be from tree branches as he was running. The male was treated by EMS at the scene after declining transport to the hospital.
DEEP officials, along with Granby police officers, are searching for the bear. The bear is believed to be a yearling and weighing between 140 and 160 pounds.
Officials are asking the public to stay away from the McLean Game Refuge area.
According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), over the past year there has been over 4,300 bear sightings in Connecticut. DEEP is explaining the Do’s and Dont’s on what to do when a bear is sighted and how to protect yourself.
DEEP is asking anyone who sees a bear to report it here.